How to Clean Your Diamond Engagement Ring, and What NOT to Do
As experts in engagement rings and all things diamond, we know you want to make sure your beautiful diamond ring sparkles and shines as bright as the day you received it 20 years from now. How can you be sure your ring will retain its brilliancy and beauty for decades to come? Proper cleaning and care is important. Before you think about brushing it with your toothbrush and a dab of toothpaste, read on to learn the right way to clean and care for your diamond engagement ring.
Cleaning your ring once a month probably won’t cut it, especially if you use cosmetics, hair products, hairspray and other products that may leave a film on it. Think about it this way; whatever your fingers come into contact with, your diamond may also come into contact with. Daily cleaning using a sonic cleaner is ideal, but at a minimum clean your ring once a week.
If you don’t have a sonic cleaner, a quality jewelry cleaning solution or warm soapy water (using dishwashing soap) works extremely well and is safe. Soak for about 30 minutes or longer if your engagement ring is really dirty, then scrub with a super soft toothbrush to clean away debris. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth, or let your ring air dry.
Now that you know the best way to clean your ring, here are a few things you should never do!
Avoid using baking soda, toothpaste or other cleaners that could be abrasive. While the diamond may not be damaged, platinum and gold are prone to scratching.
If it contains acetone, bleach, or chlorine, steer clear. These chemicals are extremely harsh.
Facial cleansers, bath soap and body wash or cleansers containing moisturizers are not advised, as these products will likely leave a film on your ring. The last thing you want on your beautiful diamond ring is a sticky film that looks like you applied hand lotion without removing your ring! Any moisturizing agents will leave it looking dull, the opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish.
When it comes to caring for your ring, it’s a good idea to visit your San Diego jeweler twice each year for a quick check to ensure the setting is secure. You’ll also want to remove your ring when using abrasive solutions or harsh chemicals, placing it in a safe, secure area. Individual soft cloth pouches are ideal for storing your engagement ring or any diamond jewelry, as diamonds can scratch metal bands or other precious gemstones due to their hardness.
We want to help you keep your engagement ring in pristine condition so you will cherish and enjoy its beauty on your 50th wedding anniversary! Those in La Jolla and surrounding cities in the San Diego area can rely on our professional staff for all of your jewelry needs.